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Incumbent Victorino concedes Maui mayor race to Bissen

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Richard "Rick" Bissen, retired 2nd Circuit Court chief judge and mayoral candidate for Maui County.

Richard Bissen, a retired judge, on Tuesday defeated incumbent Michael Victorino to be Maui County's next mayor and vowed to tackle affordable housing.

Bissen secured 59% of the votes counted while Victorino received 41%, according to a second printout from the state Office of Elections.

Bissen retired as a Circuit Court judge at the end of last year and, along with Victorino, said housing is the biggest issue facing residents.

"So many people are leaving our state and our community, our county. And that's because they can't afford to live here and stay here. And I'm going to do everything in my power to try to reverse that," Bissen said during an interview with HPR's The Conversation.

Hawaii News Now reported Victorino thanked his supporters on Tuesday, saying, "The people have spoken and I accept the results."

And on Kauaʻi, incumbent Mayor Derek Kawakami will serve a second term after defeating opponent Michael Roven Poai, a 25-year County of Kauaʻi employee.

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